How it Works

What does a NOAA weather buoy 3000 miles away in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean have to do with snow in Utah, Colorado & Wyoming? Good question! Since the dawn of time, humans have been trying to plan their powder days, a futile feat… until now. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it dumb luck? The answer may be yes to all of the above, but more than anything, the Powderbuoy is all about a positive vibration and energy that connects soul riders around the world.

““Yeahbuuuuooooyyyyyy””

- William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

It All Starts With the Buoy

Deep in the North Pacific, a lonely NOAA buoy floats, diligently collecting all sorts of weather data. No friends on a powder day? This lonely buoy may think its only friends are the passing birds who may stop by for a few; little does the buoy know how much happiness and joy it brings to people around the world on powder days.

Weather Prediction

Tracking buoys is nothing new; surfers have followed buoys since Gary Busey was dropping in on Big Wednesday to find out when swells are going to hit specific breaks. The Powderbuoy uses these same NOAA buoys in Hawaii and tracks the same energy that surfers ride in waves in Hawaii to forecast snow that we ride in our mountains. When the buoy pops, two weeks later you’re going to want to clear your calendar.

Plan Your Powder Flu

Don’t let those sick days go to waste, plan your flu and go get you some! That TPS report can wait for another day, you’ve got powder to ski. Yeahbuoy!

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From Instagram

Fun few days with the crew @rubymountainheli, cool terrain and great peeps. #yeahbuoy

Fun few days with the crew @rubymountainheli, cool terrain and great peeps. #yeahbuoy ...

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Oh hello, if we are going month on, month off with our snow we better start feb off with a bang. Feb 4. #yeahbuoy

Oh hello, if we are going month on, month off with our snow we better start feb off with a bang. Feb 4. #yeahbuoy ...

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Dry January, hmmm. Not what I had in mind.  #bringonthedamnsnowalready

Dry January, hmmm. Not what I had in mind. #bringonthedamnsnowalready ...

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Sunny apres ski days are fun and all but this is getting ridiculous. Feels like a front is coming in right now for some snow through Friday. High pressure firmly planted, still hoping it breaks down for some storms to filter through around the 25th through the end of the month #yeahbuoy

Sunny apres ski days are fun and all but this is getting ridiculous. Feels like a front is coming in right now for some snow through Friday. High pressure firmly planted, still hoping it breaks down for some storms to filter through around the 25th through the end of the month #yeahbuoy ...

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Pretty sure they don’t sell these at petco, cougars on the loose in park city #snowlab #yeahbuoy

Pretty sure they don’t sell these at petco, cougars on the loose in park city #snowlab #yeahbuoy ...

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High pressure firmly in place, it looks like there is a chance of a little snow on the 14/15th but not holding my breath. There’s a huge swath of moisture out in the pacific heading towards the mainland, need it to break on through to the other side, break on through to the other side. #yeahbuoy

High pressure firmly in place, it looks like there is a chance of a little snow on the 14/15th but not holding my breath. There’s a huge swath of moisture out in the pacific heading towards the mainland, need it to break on through to the other side, break on through to the other side. #yeahbuoy ...

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Buooooypopppp! Long one incoming, looks like it may start around the 23rd. High and dry for a but still, but things are brewing. #yeahbuoy

Buooooypopppp! Long one incoming, looks like it may start around the 23rd. High and dry for a but still, but things are brewing. #yeahbuoy ...

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PST (propagation saw test) today with @avyinstitute and @afredbo for an avy 1 class my my grom @ruzek_becker. Lots of facets at the bottom of all this snow we just got over the last month. Super important to educate & know before you go. Looks like there is a chance our New Years buoy pop breaks through the high pressure and produces starting the 14th, fingers crossed. #yeahbuoy #knowbeforeyougo

PST (propagation saw test) today with @avyinstitute and @afredbo for an avy 1 class my my grom @ruzek_becker. Lots of facets at the bottom of all this snow we just got over the last month. Super important to educate & know before you go. Looks like there is a chance our New Years buoy pop breaks through the high pressure and produces starting the 14th, fingers crossed. #yeahbuoy #knowbeforeyougo ...

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Some real moist snow out there, another bit of snow tomorrow, then the next week is brought to you by the letter H. Buoypop today puts the 20th on the radar, hopefully we get through the high pressure by then. #yeahbuoy

Some real moist snow out there, another bit of snow tomorrow, then the next week is brought to you by the letter H. Buoypop today puts the 20th on the radar, hopefully we get through the high pressure by then. #yeahbuoy ...

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This guy’s seen a lot of snow in the last few weeks, and more to come on the 5th&6th and 8th and we’ll see what’s beyond that. #yeahbuoy

This guy’s seen a lot of snow in the last few weeks, and more to come on the 5th&6th and 8th and we’ll see what’s beyond that. #yeahbuoy ...

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Hell of a game, sadly not a W for the Utes. Covey with the play of his life, stealth bomber flyover and a new buoypop (Jan 14 on the list)  #goutes #yeahbuoy

Hell of a game, sadly not a W for the Utes. Covey with the play of his life, stealth bomber flyover and a new buoypop (Jan 14 on the list) #goutes #yeahbuoy ...

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Mission accomplished, one hell of a morning @deervalleyresort w my grom. @ruzek_becker. Rose bowl, here we come.  #goutes #yeahbuoy

Mission accomplished, one hell of a morning @deervalleyresort w my grom. @ruzek_becker. Rose bowl, here we come. #goutes #yeahbuoy ...

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New Year’s Storm on track and Jan 5/6th behind it. Pretty solid storm cycle to close out 2021. Skiing in the am and then off to the 🌹 🥣, Go Utes! #yeahbuoy

New Year’s Storm on track and Jan 5/6th behind it. Pretty solid storm cycle to close out 2021. Skiing in the am and then off to the 🌹 🥣, Go Utes! #yeahbuoy ...

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Faceshots, buoypop, and snow squall emergency alerts, a few of my favorite things. Jan 10 on the calendar. #yeahbuoy

Faceshots, buoypop, and snow squall emergency alerts, a few of my favorite things. Jan 10 on the calendar. #yeahbuoy ...

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Park City Snow Lab coming in lab deep. Just like us, labs like snow in around the face too! More storms incoming. Lots of cars with bald ties around today, full Benny hill soundtrack style. Pro tip: a little something called snow tires.  #jackbags #yeahbuoy

Park City Snow Lab coming in lab deep. Just like us, labs like snow in around the face too! More storms incoming. Lots of cars with bald ties around today, full Benny hill soundtrack style. Pro tip: a little something called snow tires. #jackbags #yeahbuoy ...

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